full longlist of horses and trainers

Two-time Derby winner Frankie Dettori has picked up the plum ride on Piz Badile, a 10-1 shot, in this year’s Epsom Classic.

Dettori, 51, who already has the ride on the favorite Emily Upjohn in the Oaks a day earlier, is looking to ride his 22nd domestic Classic winner which would take him past the legendary Victorian jockey Fred Archer with whom he currently shares 21 Classic wins. He was snapped up by the Niarchos family, who owned and bred the colt, while he was still available.

Piz Badile, named after a popular climbing mountain in the Alps along which the border between Switzerland and Italy runs, is trained by Donnacha O’Brien in Ireland and won the Ballysax Trial at Leopardstown narrowly from Buckaroo who has since come out and won a listed race by four lengths.

If the colt were to win the race it would be a first for the Niarchos Family and, at 23, O’Brien would be the youngest trainer by some margin.

“Frankie has a long association with the family,” explained Alan Cooper, the Niarchos Family’s racing manager. “His last big winner for us was Alpine Star in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot in 2020 during the pandemic when we all had to watch on television.”

Dettori said: “I got the call and he’s a very exciting horse. He has a good profile and he’s a lovely ride to have. I’m looking forward to sitting on him, maybe sometime next week.”

The jockey won the race for the first time in 2007 on Authorized for Peter Chapple-Hyam and again in 2015 on Golden Horn for John Gosden. Piz Badile will be his 27th ride in the race but he will have to keep riding for another nine years if he is to break Lester Piggott’s record 36 rides in the race.

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Are the Queen’s horses running?

The Queen will be without a runner in this year’s Derby after all three of her remaining entries in the Classic, Reach For The Moon, Educator and General Idea, were taken out of the race which will be at the center of the monarch’s Platinum Jubilee weekend .

John Gosden announced that he had run out of time with the Queen’s homebred colt Reach For The Moon, winner of last year’s Solario Stakes. He sustained an injury at the end of last season and he has not come to hand in time for the Dante Stakes, a prestigious trial for the Derby, at York next week.

Gosden told the Racing Post: “Following a setback last autumn Reach For The Moon has been given all the time and care he requires in his training programme. We had planned to run him in the Dante. However we have decided that in the best interests of the horse that the race is coming too soon for him. He will instead be pointed towards Royal Ascot.”

The Queen’s life-time wait for a Derby winner continues – the closest she came was when Aureole finished second in the 1953 Derby shortly after her Coronation. Though there will be disappointment among the public, the Queen is a phlegmatic owner who will no doubt have seen this coming some way off.

All is not lost, however. It is hoped Educator, who is being aimed at a handicap at Epsom on the same day as the Derby, will, at least, give her a consolation winner on the day.

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The Epsom Derby 2022 longlist

Twenty-one horses remain entered for this year’s race – and here is the full list of horses and trainers as it stands:

Buckaroo 3 Qatar Racing Limited 9 0 Joseph O’Brien IRE

Changingoftheguard (IRE) 3 Westerberg/Mrs J Magnier/M Tabor/D Smith 9 0 Aidan O’Brien IRE

Desert Crown 3 Mr Saeed Suhail 9 0 Sir Michael Stoute

Eydon (IRE) 3 Prince AA Faisal 9 0 Roger Varian

Glory Daze 3 Glory Gold Partnership 9 2 P Twomey

Grand Alliance 3 Mrs Susan Ray 9 2 Charlie Fellowes

Hoo Ya Mal 3 Ahmad Al Shaikh 9 0 Andrew Balding

Ivy League (IRE) 3 Westerberg/Mrs J Magnier/M Tabor/D Smith 9 0 Aidan O’Brien IRE

Lysander 3 Highclere Thoroughbred Racing – Beehives 9 0 William Haggas

Masekela (IRE) 3 Mick and Janice Mariscotti 9 0 Andrew Balding

Nahanni 3 Godolphin 9 2 Charlie Appleby 9 2 David Menuisier

Piz Badile (IRE) 3 Flaxman Stables IRE Ltd 9 0 Donnacha O’Brien IRE

Royal Patronage (FR) 3 Highclere T’Bred Racing – Woodland Walk 9 0 Charlie & Mark Johnston

Sir Bob Parker 3 Michael H Watt

Sonny Liston (IRE) 3 Chelsea Thoroughbreds – The Big Bear 9 0 Charles Hills

Star of India (IRE) 3 M Tabor/D Smith/Mrs J Magnier/Westerberg 9 0 Aidan O’Brien IRE

Stone Age (IRE) 3 Peter Brant/Mrs John Magnier/M Tabor 9 0 Aidan O’Brien I

United Nations (IRE) 3 Mrs J Magnier/M Tabor/D Smith/Westerberg 9 0 Aidan O’Brien IRE

Walk of Stars 3 Godolphin 9 0 Charlie Appleby

West Wind Blows (IRE) 3 Mr Abdulla Al Mansoori 9 0 Simon & Ed Crisford

Westover 3 Juddmonte 9 0 Ralph Beckett


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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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